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Archive for September, 2009

A Reading By Benjamin Percy

Posted by bgsuenglish on September 30, 2009

Ben Index PicThe Creative Writing Reading Series continues this Thursday, October 1, with a reading by another visiting writer Benjamin Percy, who teaches creative writing (fiction and nonfiction) in the MFA program at Iowa State University. He the author of a novel, The Wilding (forthcoming from Graywolf, 2009), and two books of short stories, Refresh, Refresh (Graywolf, 2007) and The Language of Elk (Carnegie Mellon, 2006). His fiction and nonfiction have been read on National Public Radio, performed at Symphony Space, and published by Esquire, Men’s Journal, Paris Review, Chicago Tribune, Glimmer Train, and many other publications.

To listen to a recent interview between Ben Percy and Jessica Naudziunas of WNIN Indiana, click here.

Unless otherwise noted, readings are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday evenings at Prout Chapel. All events are free and open to the public.

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Culture Club Presents “Swoon” (1992)

Posted by bgsuenglish on September 29, 2009

“Tuesdays at the Gish,” a film series sponsored by The Culture Club, in association with the Department of Theatre and Film, continues tonight (Tuesday September 29, 2009) with a screening of Tom Kalin’s’s Swoon (1992).

In 1924, Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, two young thrill-seekers obsessed with planning and committing the “perfect crime,” kidnapped and murdered a 14-year-old boy. Their scandalous story has been endlessly adapted for stage and screen, but few of these adaptations are as audacious as Swoon, the feature-length debut of writer/director Tom Kalin. Swoon became a landmark film in the “New Queer Cinema” movement of the early 1990s due, in part, to the ways in which Kalin interrogates how the news media, lawmakers, and even scientists “blamed” Leopold and Loeb’s murderous behavior on their homosexuality and how the vestiges of this homophobia remain with us today.

The screening begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Gish Film Theater in Hanna Hall.

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MAR Online Workshops

Posted by bgsuenglish on September 23, 2009

Join Mid-American Review for a nine-week online workshop (October 5, 2009—December 5, 2009) designed to offer a forum for discussing writing, form a writing community, or as simply a place to inspire and create.

The workshops will be led by MAR’s editorial staff. Feedback will include familiar workshop methods, but will also offer editors’ perspectives on how the work could more effectively find publication and how future projects can benefit from current concerns. Thorough attention from the workshop will be given to each writer, as well as individual attention from the workshop leaders. The workshops are run on a blog/wiki site called Wetpaint, where the workshop leaders post attachments of your poems, stories, and essays, then start discussion threads where the other Workshop members (and only the other Workshop members) can access the stories and respond, blog-style.

For poetry, each Workshop member has a new poem discussed every week, and for the prose genres, each member sees three of their works discussed over the nine weeks, one every three weeks; it is also possible to have pieces discussed, if you’re writing short-shorts. In addition to the workshops, several other discussion threads are initiated, especially concerning tips for publication, everything from nuts and bolts to more complex strategies. Other topics have included MFA programs/applications, what everyone’s reading/recommendations, and writing habits.

Each workshop member also receives a three-year subscription to MAR

The fee for the workshop is $395, payable by check, money order, or credit card. Payment plans are also available. To apply, send a Word attachment of a 20-page writing sample—fiction, nonfiction, or poetry—to editor-in-chief Michael Czyzniejewski at mikeczy@bgsu.edu. Type “online workshop application” in the subject line, and include a brief note, telling something about yourself, including your goals for a successful workshop. Send any queries to the same address. Each class is capped at nine members and the workshops are filling quickly.

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Fall Induction and Officer Recognition of Sigma Tau Delta

Posted by bgsuenglish on September 22, 2009

The members of the Bowling Green State University, Kappa Delta chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, will host their fall induction and officer recognition at 6 pm tonight in Room 208 Bowen Thompson Student Union. Please feel free to attend this celebration of the students and the small reception that will follow in the East Hall Library Lounge at 7 pm.

Sigma Tau Delta’s annual schedule will be announced at the English Department Open House on October 2.

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Mid-American Review News

Posted by bgsuenglish on September 22, 2009

washdaywebsiteThe good folks at Mid-American Review remind us that pre-registration is now open for this year’s Winter Wheat Festival of Writing. You can enter your information here to get on board. If you have a proposal for a panel or session at Winter Wheat, you can click here to view the proposal form. On a related note, Mid-American Review has just deployed its Submission Manager software, and the editors are happy to consider electronic submissions for the magazine. MAR‘s regular guidelines, viewable here, will still apply. To enter your submission, please click here.

In other news, MAR editors would like to congratulate the winners of the 2008 James Wright Poetry Award, Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award, and the Creative Nonfiction Award. Congratulations go out to the following winners: Joshua Robbins of Knoxville, Tennessee (James Wright Poetry Award); Michael Stearns of Brooklyn, New York (Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award); and Josie Milliken of Tucson, Arizona (Creative Nonfiction Award). MAR thanks all of the contest entrants for their submissions, which contributed to one of the strongest contest pools in recent memory.

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Linda Gregerson Reads at Prout

Posted by bgsuenglish on September 21, 2009

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The Creative Writing Reading Series continues this Thursday, September 24, with a reading by visiting poet Linda Gregerson.

Gregerson is the Caroline Walker Bynum Distinguished University Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan and a recent Guggenheim Fellow. She has received an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, three Pushcart Prizes, and a Kingsley Tufts Award.

You can read a 2002 profile of Gregerson and her work at Michigan Today magazine.

Unless otherwise noted, readings are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday evenings at Prout Chapel. All events are free and open to the public.

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Culture Club Presents “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer” (1986)

Posted by bgsuenglish on September 21, 2009

“Tuesdays at the Gish,” a film series sponsored by The Culture Club, in association with the Department of Theatre and Film, will continue the series tomorrow evening (Tuesday September 22, 2009) with a screening of John McNaughton’s’s Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer (1986).

Based loosely on the life of infamous serial killer Henry Lee Lucas, this low-budget film shocked audiences not with gratuitous violence and gore, but with a powerful screenplay and blistering performances from its cast. When the eponymous homicidal drifter (Michael Rooker) moves in with his friend Otis (Tom Towles) and Becky (Tracy Arnold), Otis’s abused sister, Henry introduces Otis to a life of crime at first unimaginable to the small-time hood. At the same time, Henry unintentionally woos Becky with his surprising vulnerability. The lives of these lost souls collide in a climax that is both unforgiving and unforgettable.

The screening begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Gish Film Theater in Hanna Hall.

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Culture Club Presents “Peeping Tom” (1960)

Posted by bgsuenglish on September 15, 2009

“Tuesdays at the Gish,” a film series sponsored by The Culture Club, in association with the Department of Theatre and Film, will continue with its second film of the season September 15, 2009 with a screening of Michael Powell’s 1960 film, Peeping Tom.

This film tells the story of Mark Lewis (Carl Boehm), a soft-spoken cameraman with a deadly secret: he murders young women and captures their dying moments on film. At the time of its release, this thriller, directed by the legendary Michael Powell, was accused of being a sadistic exercise in bad taste. Over the years, however, the film has come to be recognized as a powerful meditation on the seductive lure of the cinematic apparatus, the nature (and violence) of representation, and the misogyny of patriarchal culture. Nearly fifty years after its release, Peeping Tom still has the power to shock and provoke thought.

The screening begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Gish Film Theater in Hanna Hall.

Founded in 2007 by Mark S. Bernard and Colin Helb, the “Tuesdays at the Gish” film series is dedicated to bringing public domain, obscure, and independent films to northwest Ohio. The films are shown free of charge and are open to the public. The film series is a collaboration between The Culture Club: Cultural Studies Scholars’ Association and the Department of Theatre and Film. The 2009-2010 film series is curated by Kevan Feshami, Melinda Lewis, Lizabeth Mason, and Justin Philpot with Dr. Cynthia Baron.

To contact the curators for the Tuesdays at the Gish Film Series, please send an e-mail to battlegroundstates@gmail.com to the attention of “Tuesdays at the Gish.”

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James Ragan Joins Creative Writing Faculty as Arts and Sciences Distinguished Visiting Poet

Posted by bgsuenglish on September 13, 2009

james_raganThe Department of English is delighted to announce that poet James Ragan is this year’s Arts and Sciences Distinguished Visiting Poet. Spring 2010 semester, Ragan will be in residence and teaching poetry workshops for the Creative Writing program. Let’s give him a warm welcome!

Ragan is author of award-winning collections of poetry, including Too Long a Solitude (2009), In the Talking Hours (2004), Womb-Weary, The Hunger Wall, Lusions, Selected Poems, and Shouldering the World. Ragan served as the director of the University of Southern California’s Professional Writing Program for 25 years. He has read his poetry for five heads of state, including Mikhail Gorbachev and Czech President Vaclav Havel, and has been honored here and abroad as an ambassador of poetry. In 1985 he was one of three Americans, including Robert Bly and Bob Dylan, invited to perform at the First International Poetry Festival in Moscow. Ragan has performed his poetry all over the world, including Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing, Bangkok, London, Paris, Athens, Stockholm, Sofia, Warsaw, Moscow, Prague, and Sao Paulo; and was invited in October 2008 to give the keynote address at the World Literature Today Conference in Beijing, China. Ragan has also written for the stage and film, and worked in various production capacities on movies, including The Longest Yard, The Border, Matilda, and the Academy Award winner, The Deer Hunter. His most recent films are The Last Story of the Century (2009), based on the siege of Sarajevo, and The Shoe (2009).

In other Creative Writing program news, the Reading Series (sponsored in 2009-2010 by the College of Arts & Sciences, Creative Writing Program, and Mid-American Review) has resumed as usual, kicking off on September 3 with readings by MFA candidates Laural Adams and Matt Bell, and September 10 with poet Callista Buchen and Stephanie Marker (fiction). This coming Thursday (September 17) look for readings by  Stokely Klasovsky and Catherine Templeton.

Unless otherwise noted, readings are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday evenings at Prout Chapel. All events are free and open to the public.

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